George S. Vascik

Studies on the German Industrial Revolution

Adolf Menzel, Eisenwalzwerk

The German Industrial Revolution

In 1995, I was fortunate enough to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute held at the Ludwig-Maximillians Universität in Munich under the direction of Prof. Dr. John Komlos. The result was a spate of articles and papers on that topic, but the seminar's greatest impact has been on my teaching. In my Western Civilization survey, in my advanced courses, and in the Teaching American History program, I have had the opportunity to disseminate the lessons that I learned in Munich and through my continued reading of the professional literature.


"Beyond the 'National Consensus': Recent Research on the Origins and Trajectory of Germany's Industrial Revolution," The Industrial Revolution in Comparative Perspective, ed. Christine Rider, (Homestead: Krieger Press, 2000).

"German States and the Industrial Revolution, 1800-1850," Essays in Economic and Business History, 15(1997): 11-27.

"Crisis or Transformation? Confronting the Myth of Agricultural Depression in Wilhelmine Germany," Essays in Economic and Business History, 14(1996): 91-103..

Papers and Presentations

"Scientific Progress and Traditional Identity: Farmers and Brewers in 19th Century Germany."  Comment delivered at the 2000 meeting of the German Studies Association in Houston, Texas.

"Workers and Politics and 20th Century Europe."  Comment delivered at the 2000 meeting of the Ohio Academy of History in Westerville, Ohio.

"The State and the Industrial Revolution in Germany."  Paper delivered at the 1996 meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia.

"Germany's Peculiar Industrialization: Economic Aspects of the deutsche Sonderweg." Paper delivered August, 1995 to the Seminar for Economic History, Volkswirtschaftliches Institut, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität, Munich, Germany.

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